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Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon
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Wearing the Cape (edition 2011)

by Marion G. Harmon

Series: Wearing the Cape (book 1)

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Who wants to be a superhero'Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic. And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name "Astra" and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago's premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero' Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan'In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a cape is strong. But the price can be high-especially if you're "outed" and lose the shield of your secret identity. Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope's life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her. Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.… (more)
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Title:Wearing the Cape
Authors:Marion G. Harmon
Info:Createspace (2011), Kindle Edition, 272 pages
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Fun read with a new (to me at least) take on super heroes. After the "event" some humans "breakthrough" and develop super powers in times of extreme stress. Different people develop different powers based on their personality. Although is an engaging for the most part, a surprisingly high number of typos (for an actual physical book) and an over-reliance of acronyms that were not always clearly defined were distracting. I also could have used a glossary of characters, their secret identities, and their powers. (Some of that might have been aggravated by reading it a bit at a time over a month.) That being said, I find the world and the characters interesting enough to probably try the sequel and spin-off. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
I'm a comic book geek and I enjoy super-hero novels. Wearing the Cape was the origin story of Astra, a Super Girl type hero and follows her from getting her powers to saving the world. I like the book and gave it three stars because I didn't really connect with the character of Astra. There are many other heroes in Wearing the Cape that I would have rather read about. ( )
  Shack70 | Feb 23, 2020 |
Superhelden gibt es ja viele und jeder hat seine eigene Geschichte. In "Karriere: Superheldin" folgen wir der achtzehnjährigen Hope, die bei einem Anschlag ihre Superkräfte entdeckt und danach als Superhelden-Sidekick ihre Ausbildung als Vollzeit-Superheldin beginnt. Frau Schnute liest ja eher selten Bücher mit jugendlichen Hauptfiguren, aber bei diesem Buch hat sich das "Ich mach mal eine Ausnahme, weil es irgendwie cool klingt" ehrlich gelohnt. Frau Schnute wurde nicht enttäuscht.

Hope ist eine äußerst erfrischende Hauptfigur. Mit 18 ist sie kein typischer Teenager mehr aber eigentlich auch noch nicht wirklich erwachsen. Noch dazu kommt sie aus einer intakten Familie mit sich-immer-noch liebenden Eltern und einem intakten sozialen Netz. Spätestens dann, als ich erwartete, dass ihre Jugend mich endlich nerven würde, wurde ich immer wieder positiv überrascht. Sie erinnert mich von der Persönlichkeit in vielerlei Hinsicht an mich selbst und das habe ich bisher noch in keinem Jugendbuch erlebt, dass ich mich mit der jugendlichen, weiblichen Hauptfigur identifizieren kann. Schon allein dafür hätte das Buch 5 Sterne verdient. Wenn man mal die Superhelden-Elemente beiseite lässt, ist Hope echt eine coole Socke. Sie weiß wer sie ist. Sie hat im Leben schon einiges durch (Krebs, Tod der besten Freundin) und auch sonst hat sie einen recht nüchternen Kopf, und einen äußerst trockenen Humor. Es ist wahrhaftig erfrischend für mich als Leserin, die mehr als doppelt so alt ist wie Hope.

Hope lässt sich nicht einfach von Instinkten und ihrem Bauchgefühl leiten. Ganz im Gegenteil, sie verlässt sich auf ihren Kopf und darauf, dass ihre Eltern schon wussten, was sie bei ihrer Erziehung richtig gemacht haben. Eigentlich kann ich gar nicht aufhören zu schwärmen. Man trifft sowas einfach viel zu selten. Und selbst als die Liebe Einzug hält in der Geschichte und aus Hopes Schwärmerei mehr wird, bleibt sie besonnen und mutiert nicht zum gefühlsgesteuerten, unterwürfigen Weiblein. Einfach ganz große Klasse.

Natürlich muss es auch etwas Kritik geben und die richte ich gegen die USA-Zentriertheit des Romans. Überhaupt waren da einige Aspekte drin, die mich haben grübeln lassen. Schönheit fand eigentlich nur Erwähnung, wenn die oder der erwähnte blond gelockt und blauäugig war. In Rezensionen konnte ich lesen, dass Mr. Harmon das wohl in den weiteren Bänden verbessert hat, also bleibt das erstmal abzuwarten. Aber hey, die Amis haben eine Indianerin als Präsidentin (Hut ab!) die noch dazu ebenfalls Superkräfte hat (ehrlich mal, wie geil ist das denn?)

Die Bandbreite der Superhelden und Superschurken ist äußerst groß, die beschriebenen Superkräfte äußerst beeindruckend. Besonders gefallen hat mir, dass jedes Kapitel mit Zitaten eingeleitet wurde, die Einblick in die Hintergrundgeschichte der Welt geben.

Harmon schafft damit eine Welt voller Wunder und Schrecken mit einer großen Auswahl an Figuren und Charakteren. Band 2 werde ich definitiv lesen und ich weiß noch nicht, ob ich hier auch bis zur deutschen Übersetzung warte oder mir schon die englische Originalversion besorge. Es ist einfach eine tolle Welt, die er da geschaffen hat (Ja, Marion G. Harmon ist männlich, lasst Euch nicht von dem Vornamen täuschen).

Ein tolles Superheldenbuch und der einzige Punkt, den ich abziehen muss ist wirklich der, dass mich dieses "USA über alles" arg gestört hat. Ansonsten bin ich super gespannt auf den nächsten Teil und freue mich riesig darüber, dass ich dieses Buch lesen durfte. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
There were times that I was taken completely by surprised with this story. Parts were much darker than I thought they would be for an NA superhero tale. These, though, added the depth that would have otherwise been missing. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Aug 11, 2016 |
What I Thought:

I did find this book rather enjoyable. Instead of the typical story of someone just becoming a superhero, and bam, they are already good at everything and know the ropes, we are given a story where superheroes happen everyday. We read along as they learn the ropes, get trained on how to control their powers and ultimately decide where they fit in, in the grand scheme of hero business.

Sure, most of them either choose to be a part of the main league of heroes or to help part time, but there are some who ultimately choose to do bad with what they have been given. The Teatime Anarchist is one of those such people, or at least we believe he is.

Throughout the story, we are hit with surprises, mishaps, fun and events that will change the world. All the while, we are learning these things from the perspective of a newly turned hero. She is caught in the middle of major events, whilst she is trying to learn about herself and decide who and what she wants to be. Ultimately, she has to make the decision of a lifetime- whether or not to trust what is in front of her. Can he be trusted?

I like the pace and style of this book. I also found the little snippets at the beginning of the chapter fun and interesting. It gave the book a different feel. I think the way that the book was written adds to it as, as mentioned, it gives the superhero world a new look, especially as we see them when they are completely new to the business.

I thought the pace was great, though at some moments it was slow, it did pick up and gain a lot of momentum thereafter. It is a unique book, with twists that you definitely won't expect and the characters are fun. ( )
  naturalbri | Dec 23, 2014 |
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Who wants to be a superhero'Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic. And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name "Astra" and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago's premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero' Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan'In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a cape is strong. But the price can be high-especially if you're "outed" and lose the shield of your secret identity. Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope's life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her. Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.

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